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Marcia Woodruff Dalton

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DALTON, Marcia Woodruff 73, of Barnstable, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in Louisville, KY, from cancer. Marcia was born in Boston, grew up in Wellesley, and spent many summers and the last 25 years of her life in Barnstable, MA. She also lived for many years in Anchorage, KY. A graduate of Wellesley High School and Smith College, she had a master's from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Louisville. Recently retired as an adjunct professor of English at Cape Cod Community College, she continued to teach at Spalding University's brief-residency MFA program. She was an active volunteer and docent for the Cape Cod Natural History Museum and a longtime member of the Chatham Chorale. Marcia was a poet and in April published her first novel, "The Ice Margin" (Fleur-de-Lis Press, Louisville). She leaves behind her sisters, Mary Lou Street (Earl) and Nancy Morganstern of Barnstable; four children, Katherine Boyer (Mark) and Clay Dalton (Lisa) of Louisville, Lisle Dalton (Rebekah Ambrose-Dalton) of Otego, NY, and Laura Dalton (David Renner) of Portland, OR. She also leaves three grandchildren, Ann, Virginia and Roscoe; her ex-husband, Roger Dalton (Lucy); and extended family and friends, who will remember her as a vital woman who loved people, Cape Cod, music and the natural world. Funeral services will be Tuesday July 6, 2010 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, 3300 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable MA 02630. Burial will be private. Gifts in her honor may be made to the Cape Cod Natural History Museum 869 Route 6A, Brewster, MA. 02631 or www.ccmnh.org, or (508) 896-3867 or to the Chatham Chorale, P. O. Box 1111 West DennisMA02670or www.chatham chorale.org or 888-556-2707.

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